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Dr. Randall J. Webb, i965, i966
President, Northwestern State University
I like to tal<e every opportunity I can to talk about the
outstanding work done by our faculty and staff. We are fortunate
to have so many dedicated people who are willing to look for new ways to serve our
students as well as those in elementary and secondary schools.
Northwestern has undertaken a number of initiatives to work with students and
teachers in grades K-12 to improve the quality of education. Candidates and faculty from
the College of Education actively observe, participate and work in public schools. In
2008-2009, undergraduate candidates worked in 118 schools doing everything from
observation to whole class instruction. Faculty also volunteered in multiple schools
monitonng and assisting school personnel with LEAP and i-LEAP testing.
Educational psychology students are working with the community organization CASA
to assist children who have been removed from their homes. Elementary education
students are working in Family Math Nights at two local schools providing instructional
games for families to reinforce mathematics concepts learned in the classroom.
Counseling students are creating cyber-bullying curhculum materials to help counselors in
I am very encouraged about the prospects for the Project Lead the Way program in
which Northwestern will be the affiliate university for Louisiana. Project Lead The Way is a
non-profit organization that helps public middle schools and high schools implement pre-
engineenng and biomedical courses. The program helps students learn about technology
careers through project-based learning that integrates math, science, language arts and
technology standards. We hope the program will help tram today's young students to be
productive in domestic and global workforce markets and attract high tech industry to
This type of outreach work strengthens the communities we serve in Louisiana and
makes the state and university stronger. I commend all the faculty, staff and students at
Northwestern who work each day to create opportunities for others.
William Drake Owens, 2004, 2005
Acting Director of Alumni and Development
Dear Fellow Alumni and Friends:
We have a very exciting school year ahead as we celebrate
NSU's 125th anniversary. We want to thank those of you who have
fold us what NSU means to you and encourage more of you to
send in your memones We will post them on our website and may publish yours in the
next issue of the Alumni Columns.
We are sending this issue to you a little early so you can make plans to join us for
Homecoming on October 24th We have many special events planned around
Homecoming to commemorate this anniversary. You will find a full schedule of events in
Finally, we had a wonderful time seeing so many of you at the Fais Do-Do in June!
Not only did it serve as the official kickoff to our 125th Anniversary year, but we also
announced the public phase of our capital campaign, "Excellence: Yesterday, Today and
Tomorrow " Collectively, we can make a big difference in the future of our alma mater and
its students The office of Alumni & Development is here to help you with any questions or
interests you have in this new campaign. Your contnbutlon, no matter how small, will make
a big difference in the lives of students.
See you at Homecoming!
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J. Michael Wilbum Shreveptirt. 1975
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YESTERDAY, TODAY & TOMORROW
Northwestern State University initiates
"Excellence: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow"
In the fall of 2007, Northwestern State
University celebrated the success of its
first ever Capital Fundraising Campaign
entitled: "For a Brighter Tomorrow,"
exceeding the $18.84 million goal by
raising over $32.7 million! Funds raised
during this campaign established endowed
chairs, professorships, program
enhancement funds and scholarships that
have enhanced the overall quality of the
"Funding is critical not only to
attracting and retaining bright students
who face rising costs in higher education
but also in attracting excellent faculty and
assisting dedicated educators with costs
associated with research and professional
development," explained Director of
Alumni & Development Drake Owens.
In order to keep NSU moving forward.
Northwestern has launched a new capital
campaign, "Excellence: Yesterday, Today
and Tomorrow," with the goal of securing
$25 million over the next three years.
During this summers 125th anniversary
Fais Do-Do Celebration, the public phase
was announced to nearly 400 attendees.
Campaign Chair John Manno told the
audience that an astounding $9.5 million
dollars had been raised during the silent
phase of the campaign. These funds were
generated through privately funded grants
secured by NSU s faculty and staff,
mineral royalties from land gifted to NSU
and contributions from more than 3,400
alumni and supporters. Their contributions
accounted for more than 50 percent of the
funds raised in the silent phase!
PBVJIf^'lHRiHIHI During his kick ofT speech, Manno
[l^^2|i^^^^^^^m gave a special thanks to those who have
shown their support to NSU during the
Capital Campaign Chairman
John Manno urged alumni and
friends to pledge as little as
$12.50 per month to the
silent phase of the campaign and stated
that "if 3,400 of our alumni contributed
over $4.5 million during the silent phase of
the campaign, imagine the possibilities if
Northwestern received financial support
from all of its 80,000 alumni. We plan to
reach out to as many alumni as possible
asking for their support, but we hope that
each alumnus will evaluate what they can
do individually and support their alma
mater during this important time."
"Every dollar counts," Manno said.
"No contribution is too small. Our most
immediate need is unrestricted scholarship
To meet this need and provide a
convenient and affordable way to
contribute to the campaign, NSU has
established the "Excellence Fund" which
asks every alumnus of Northwestern to
become a member of the "Excellence
Team" by donating $12.50 or more per
month for the length of the campaign.
"If every alumnus could contribute at
this level or greater we would raise over
$36 million, exceeding our campaign goal
and setting a fundraising record for
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► Capital campaign continued
optimism by closing
his speech with
reiterating the goal
of raising a
SI 2.5 million by the
end of the 125th
the Fxcellence Fund
is one of many ways
to support the
said. Support can be as simple as
purchasing a 125th anniversary coffee
table book or commemorative brick in
the Alumni Plaza or joining the Alumni
Association, Athletic Association or
Presidents Council which provide
unrestricted support to the university, he
said. Contributions can be made by
adding to one of the more than 400
existing scholarships, professorships and
program endowments. Naming
opportunities are available to those
interested in establishinii endowed
to the summer
scholarships, professorships, chairs and
program enhancement funds, many of
which are eligible for matches from the
Board of Regents support fund, adding to
up to 40 percent of the contribution.
"We arc also available to assist
someone interested in leaving part of
their estate to NSU," Owens said. "Our
statf is always willing to help you decide
on the way, to gi\e that best fits your
To make it easy for alumni to help
commemorate the year by donating to the
Campaign, the alumni website,
online donations. These secure
transactions come directly to the NSU
Foundation, and donors receive the added
benefit of a tax deduction on their 2009
"We think our alumni will want to
help mark this very special year in NSU's
history," said Owens. "By contributing
to the 'Excellence: Yesterday, Today &
Tomorrow' Capital Campaign we can all
make a difference to preserve the quality
of our education at our institution and
uphold the traditions that we all hold so
Guests at the summer
Pais Do-Do enjoyed delicious
regional cuisine, dancing and
joie de vivre.
NSU 125 picture book takes readers down memory lane
The 200 page coffee table book that
commemorates Northwestern State
University's 125th anniversary is now
available to the public. The NSU Office
of Alumni and Development is accepting
new orders for the limited edition book.
The publication features hundreds of
color and black and white photographs
from the university archi\es and a .^0
page text highlighting memorable
people, events and achievements in tlic
school's rich history. There is also a
chronology in the book of significant
occasions and milestones at the
university since it was established in
Entitled "Northwestern at 125:
Commemorative Fdition. IX84-20()y,"
the book incliKles sections on academics,
student life, athletics and campus sites
and scenes. The publication's photos
ami manuscript locus on many of the
unique traditions, customs and rituals
thai lia\e been such an impoitani pari of
the uni\ersilv over the decades.
Editors of "NSU 125" were, from left,
Tom Whitehead, Jerry Pierce, Don
Sepulvado and Steve Horton.
Northwestern was established in
1884 as the State Normal School, and
the first class was enrolled in 1885. The
book was puhlislieti b\ the NSU Press to
initiate the year-long annnersary
Inlroduclory remarks on llie co\er
of the publication state that the book was
published "as a tribute to the 75.()()()
alumni of Normal and Norllnvestern and
teachers, coaches, administrators and
friends" w ho are a part of the
The introduction also notes. "In this
keepsake publication are reminders of
hundreds of people, places and e\ents
that siiould stir memories of their alma
mater for Northwestern alumni across
the world and reinforce their bonds to
this historic old school."
l-.ditors of the book are
Northwestern Vice-President for
i-xternal .AfTairs .lerry Pierce; Associate
ProNost and Dean of the Graduate
School Dr Ste\e Horton; Director of
NSU Press and Informational Ser\ ices
Don SepuKado and retired Professor
I'merilus of .lournalism Tom Whitehead.
Pierce w role the M) page text for the
publication in addition to the
inlroduclion on the book jacket, wording
for diMsion pages and much of the
chronologN section on major e\ents in
NSU history. SepuKado was the graphic
designer and coordinated selection and
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2009 "125th Anniversary" Homecoming Schedule
Reunions, commemorations and new traditions are on tap for this year's celebration
Alumni Art Show
Orville Hanchey Gallery will host the Fourth Annual
Alumni Art Exhibition, this year dedicated to the mennory
of Mr. Fleming Arden Thomas, NSU Alumnus, past
Director of the Watson Library, and dedicated art lover
who was instrumental in the recent restoration of a
Conrad Albrizzo painting that is part of the permanent
collection of NSU. The Albnzzo work plus other
important works owned by the University will be on
display. Admission is free to the public For more
information, please call Leslie Gruesbeck at (318) 352-
5476 or email at gruesbeckKSnsuia.edu .
Friday, October 23
Alumni Association Board Meeting
10:00 a.m. at the Red River Waterway Commission
Building on the Highway 1 Bypass directly across the
street from the Mariner's Restaurant, Annual Board of
Directors meeting open to the public.
Homecoming Golf Tournament
1:00 p.m. - NSU Recreation Complex
Come participate in the annual golf scramble on the 18-
hole golf course for $50 per player (includes golf cart
and lunch by Coach Gene Knecht). Tee time is at 1:00
p.m. and lunch will be served at 12:00 p.m.
Reservations can be made by calling Drake Owens at
(318) 357-4250 or email at owensd(5)nsula.edu .
NSU Foundation Board Meeting
1 :30 p.m. at the Red River WatenA/ay Commission
Building on the Highway 1 Bypass directly across the
street from the Mariner's Restaurant. Annual Board of
Directors meeting open to the public.
NSU Presidents Residence Open House
4:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m.
Stop by the newly renovated Arnold Kilpatrick
Presidents Residence to be greeted by Dr. and Mrs.
Randall Webb, tour the home and enjoy refreshments.
Long Purple Line Reunion
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Orville Hanchey Gallery
All Long Purple Line Inductees are invited to
a reception in their honor. For more information contact
the Alumni Center at (318) 357-4414. By Invitation only.
Greek Alumni Reunion
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. - Student Union Ballroom
Join the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life in
celebrating 80 years of Greek Life at Northwestern
State. All Greek Alumni are invited to attend a
welcoming reception to reconnect with old friends as
well as a chance to see how Greek Life has grown over
the years. For more information contact Natalie
Laurence, Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life, at
(318) 357-5439 or email at laurencen(5)nsula.edu
Saturday, October 24
Homecoming 5k Fun Run
7:00 a.m. - Wellness, Reaeation & Activities Center (WRAC)
All alumni & supporters of NSU are invited to a special
5k fun run through the NSU Campus. $10 entry fee
includes t-shirt and prizes for winners.
College of Education Reunion
10:00 a.m. - Natchitoches Event Center
All graduates of the College of Education are invited to a
reunion that will honor the inductees of the College's
Hall of Distinguished Educators. For more information,
contact the College of Education at (318) 357-6288.
Black Alumni Alliance (BAA) Meeting
10:00 a.m. - Natchitoches Events Center
All NSU alumni interested in becoming members of the
organization are invited to join the organization for its
inaugural meeting. For more information visit
www.nsureunion.com or contact Nicole Gray at (972)
College of Business Brunch
10:00 a.m. - Natchitoches Room, Russell Hall
All College of Business alumni are invited to renew old
friendships before the game. For more information, call
the College of Business at (318) 357-5161 .
ROTC Open House
10:00 a.m. - James A. Noe Military Science Building
All ROTC alumni are invited to stop by the hospitality
room at the James A. Noe Military Science building
between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. For more
information, please contact Christie Price at (318) 357-
5157 or by email at pncec(a)nsula.edu .
University Bookstore Open
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Student Union
Go by the bookstore and buy all of your NSU
N-Club Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
9:00 a.m. - Magale Recital Hall
For more information, please call Gil Gilson at (318)
677-3141 or email at Gilson(5)nsula.edu .
125th Anniversary Homecoming
11 :30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Natchitoches Events Center
All alumni and supporters of NSU are invited to join us
for a special 125th Anniversary Homecoming Luncheon.
Social hour from 1 1 :30 to 1 2:30 followed by a surf and
turf lunch and University address. Tickets are $20 and
can be purchased by contacting the NSU Alumni Center
at (318) 357-4414. Please RSVP by October 19th.
3:00 p.m. - Campus/Town Annual Homecoming Parade
for both the Northwestern and Natchitoches
communities. Begins at Prather Coliseum and ends on
NSU Practice Field with a Pep Rally held following the
parade at approx. 4:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m. - NSU Practice Field/Tailgating Area
Join NSU President Randy Webb, Coach Bradley Dale
Peveto and all of our Homecoming Honorees for special
pep rally and recognition ceremony packed with
entertainment from our NSU spirit groups.
4:00 - 6:30 p.m. - Tailgating Field adjacent to Turpin
Stadium. Various groups, including Greek
Organizations, N-Club, ROTC, College of Education and
4:00 -6:30 p.m. -Tailgating Field
The NSU Alumni Association and Student Alumni
Association (SAA) will be hosting a special barbeque
dinner. Plates will be sold for $5. All NSU Alumni and
SAA members are invited to come by the tent and grab
something to eat before the game. It will be a great time
to visit with fnends you haven't seen in a while and build
relationships among fellow alumni.
Pregame Reception for Homecoming
5:00 p.m. (approx.) - Stroud Room in the Athletic
For more information, please call Yonna Pasch at (318)
357-5438 or email paschy(a)nsula.edu .
By invitation only
6:30 p.m. -Turpin Stadium
Enjoy the pre-game show by the Spirit of Northwestern
Marching Band and other game day activities.
Homecoming Game vs. Texas State
7:00 p.m. -Turpin Stadium
8:30 p.m. (approx.) - Turpin Stadium
BAA Homecoming After Party
9:00 p.m. Natchitoches Events Center
All Alumni are invited to a complimentary buffet featuring
entertainment from Q1065's D.J. Incredible. For more
information visit wvw.nsureunion.com or contact Nicole
Gray at (972) 897-5357.
Please check with your organization
to verify times and locations or go online to
for the most up-to-date schedule.
► N125 book continued
placement of photographs, and Horton
and Whitehead directed research,
planning and editing of the publication.
NSU alumnus Raymond Strother, a
nationally renowned political analyst and
author, said, "Bands should play at the
publication of this commemorative
book. This is a book not of words and
pictures but of hope, reflection, progress
and pride. It's all here. All the reader
has to do is sit quietly and go through
the pages while history reveals itself."
Books are $50 each, plus shipping
and processing, and may be ordered
from the NSU Office of Alumni and
Development by phone at
(318) 357-4414 or go to
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Ceremonial Mace and Chain debut at Spring 2009 commencement
On till' occasion of the 1 25th anniversary of iXorthwestern,
two new symbols of solemnity anil dignity have been added
to the usual academic re}>aHa used during commencement,
the President's Chain and the Mace.
Faculty Senate President Dr. Darrell Fry bore the Mace
as President Dr. Randall J. Webb wore the President's
Chain during May commencement.
The President's Chain holds the seal of the university cast
in bronze. Around the black satin ribbon holding the seal are
17 engraved platelets of bronze, each bearing the name of a
former president of Northwestern and the years he served.
Chains of similar design have been worn for centuries during
ceremonies at universities. This chain is unique in recognizing
the leaders who have served Northwestern while most others
are original works of art.
The President s Chain was presented to Dr. Randall Webb
by the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi to commemorate the
uni\ersity s commitment to academic excellence for the past
1 25 years.
The Mace is a wooden staff designed and manufactured
by Natchitoches craftsman George Oli\ier of Olivier's Fine
Cypress Furniture. Crowning the top is a four-faceted block
that bears casts of the four seals of the University's histor\-. the
State Normal School. Louisiana State Normal College.
Northwestern State College and Northwestern State Uni\ersit>'
The Mace originated as a weapon in the Middle .Ages,
used as a hand arm for archers and other unmounted warriors.
Sergeants at arms, who were guards of kings and other high
officials, also carried maces. Gradually the mace gained a
ceremonial character and became a symbol to denote authority.
The Mace Bearer is the president of the university's
Faculty Senate. The ceremonial mace symbolizes the dignity
and authoritv of the uni\ersitv.
Potpourri @ 100 yearbook event draws former editors, contributors
Former editors of Potpourri were recognized during the Potpourri @ 100 celebration in May. Editors and the years
they served were, front row from left, Frank Hudson. Jr.. 1960; Dorothy Wallen Eielson. 1961; Dr. Steve Norton. 1987.
1 988, Tina Dutile Drye, 1989, 1990; Janice Williams, 1984; Betty Jo Tilleux, 1957; Mane Tilleux Davis, 1952; Chnstine
Harper Bloxom, 2004; Jimmy Brown, 2006, and Bethany Frank, 2009. 2010 On the second row are Paula Crover
Schneyer, 1 997, and Van Rodney Reed, 1 991 . On the back row are Kevin Brough, 1 998; Heath Crawford, 1 999; Jim
McKellar. 1982; Patsy L. Black, 1977; Dr. Lawrence Houston Davis, 1953, and Ronald Martin, 1951.
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The Natchitoches Coffee Club has been meeting nearly 20 years to discuss current issues, solve problems, tell jokes and
support each other. On the front row from left are Truman Maynard, Dan Simmons, Peyton Cunningham, John Ropp,
Gene Knecht, Wilder Lindsey, Johnnie Emmons and Sam Coker. On the back row are Tom Burns, Dan Dyess, Fred Clark,
Dick Stalling, Jim Bruning, Walter Ledet, Sonny Fuller, Norman Hicks, Norm Fletcher and Alton Townsend.
Coffee group's daily gatherings keep members young at heart
Sports, politics, current
events and tali tales are up for
discussion every morning for
the Natchitoches Coffee Club,
an informal group of about 30
mostly retired gentlemen who
gather week mornings to swap
whoppers, weigh in on the
news of the day and discuss
whatever is on their minds, be
it health, horse racing, local
history or legislative issues.
"When you retire, you
better have something to do,
something to look forward to
every day. This is it," said
Walter Ledet, 90, who started
the group 1 9 years ago after
retiring from a long career as a
coach and administrator at
NSU. "It s the best way to
start the day."
After meeting at an area
hotel restaurant for many
years, the group recently
relocated to Merci Beaucoup
by welcoming proprietor
Johnny Wayne Cox to the
group. Beginning around 8
a.m., they enjoy coffee,
conversation and a joke or two
for half an hour or so, flipping
quarters to determine who
pays the tab.
"The day starts on a
positive note because the
group is so positive," said Sam
Coker. 80, a retired educator
spinning yams with the Coffee
Club for 1 5 years.
"We have biscuits with
sausage or bacon almost every
Wednesday and a speaker,"
Ledet said. Guests might
include Sheriff Victor Jones,
Clerk of Court Louie Bernard
or NSU coaches. The group
visits the Natchitoches Parish
Detention Center twice a year
and every fall is invited by
NSU President Dr. and Mrs.
Randall J. Webb to breakfast at
the Arnold R. Kilpatrick
President's Home. The late Dn
Kilpatrick was a member of
the group. Valentine's Day is
Ladies' Day when members
treat their wives to lunch,
welcoming widows of
deceased members to join
Good humor and
friendship are a large part of
the camaraderie within the
Coffee Club, as well as sharing
past experiences and
supporting each other through
crises related to health or
family. Many who gather with
the group have some affiliation
with Northwestern, but that is
not a requirement with retirees
from backgrounds in business,
the military, law and
education. Ledet said the
average number to attend on
any given day is about 10, but
Wednesdays draw a bigger
crowd. Anyone interested in
fiiendship and conversation is
Sonny Fuller, 76, looks
forward each day to good
friends, good laughter and
good coffee. "We also enjoy
helping when and where
needed at NSU," he said.
Judy Stewart Scholarship will benefit math education major
A family with ties to Winn Parish has established a
scholarship at Northwestern State University to recognize
a mother's commitment to education. The Judy Stewart
Scholarship will be presented to an NSU student who
graduated from a Winn Parish high school and is seeking
a degree in mathematics education. The scholarship was
established through the NSU Foundation by Judy
Stewart's husband, Bart Stewart Sr., and their children.
Candy Begnaud, Bart Stewart Jr. and Jeff Stewart.
The scholarship recipient must be a sophomore or
higher and maintain a 3.0 or better grade point average.
"We would like the recipient to be active in their
church, as my wife first realized she would like to teach
middle school while teaching Sunday school to this age
group during her college days," said Bart Stewart Sr., of
Judy Stewart graduated from NSU in 1976 with a
degree in math education.
"She commuted from Winnfield to Natchitoches
every day for several years, had two babies along the way
and has taught for almost 29 years in the Louisiana public
school system," Mr. Stewart said. During her career, Mrs.
Stewart taught in Jeff Davis, Winn, Catahoula,
Evangeline, St. Martin, Lafayette and Livingston parishes.
Mr. Stewart and his brother. Bill Stewart, previously
established a scholarship at NSU to honor their mother,
Billie Nell Barton Stewart.
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Golden Jubilee/50-Plus Events
Joining the festivities for the Golden Jubilee were, from left Sam DeKeyzer (1950), Dot DeKeyzer (1951). Ted
Duggan (1957), Dave Moody (1959), Bonnie Corley (1960) and Ken Corley (1958), left photo; fvlichael Murphy
(1959), Darlene Hicks (1958), John Hicks (1959) and Pat Robertson Murphy (1960), center photo; and Gene
Haynes (1959), Jean Downing (1954) and Lady Jane Patton (1959) right photo.
Billy John Burns (1953, 1958) of Bossier
City presented a copy of his book "One
Last Stroll Down Memory Lane: An
Autobiography of Billy John Burns" to
NSU President Dr. Randall J. Webb
during the 50-year luncheon in May. The
memoir shares Burns' memories from his
early years, including a lengthy passage
on his experiences at Northwestern. The
book is available through Amazon.com.
Tom (1947) and
8. were present
for the 50-year
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Guests at the 50-Plus Luncheon were Beverly Horton Weaver (1959) and Philip Weaver, left photo; Danny
Higdon (1959) and Jerry Roy (1959), center photo, and Mary Dunckelman Rabb (1959), Truman (1959) and
Martha Maynard, Ethelyn Scroggins Millar (1959), and John Millar, right photo.
Joining the fun for a New Orleans reception were Craig (1993) and Josie Tappel (1994) and Cindy & Gus Bazin
(1971), right photo; Dudley (1955) and Jean (1954) Downing, Jean Noble Warren (1955) and Wes Jackson
(1954), center photo, and Gus (1971) and Cindy Bazin and Mona and Russell (1940) Bond, right photo.
Washington. DC, alumni who gathered for
a crawfish boil were, from left, Pirom
Surinal (1988). Gregg Jolley (1988), Allen
Haines (1988), Candace Basco Alamilla
(1990) and Eddie Alamilla (1988).
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Attending a gathering in Houston, Texas were Anne and Byrne (1948) Wilson, left
photo: Jill Parker Bankston (1997), Brett Harris (1991) and Debi Cost (1995), center
photos; and Tara Lewis (1999) and Francina Hoiiingsworth (1999).
An alumni gathering in Lafayette was held at Blue Dog Cafe in June. Attending were BJ Duplantis (2002, 2005), Clint Loggins (1999)
and John Windham (2003), left photo: Lyn Hargrave (1966, 1968), Shirley Dickie (1968) and Shelley Dickie (1968) center photo, and
Robert (1950) and Dot (1951) DeKeyzer, and Ruth and Jeff (1951, 1958) Hennessy.
Attending the Shreveport alumni gathering were Trey Deeds, Eva Sterling (2007) and Laci Stokes (2003), left photo: Brenda Woods (1998)
and Dwight Woods (1998, 2002), center photo, and Tom Carleton (1972), Margie Carleton and Dr, Randall Webb (1965), right photo.
Chris Roper Golf Tournament
Top teams in the Chris Roper Golf
Tournament were Doyle Anderson,
Charlie Ingalls, Randy Robinson
and Danny Nolen, top left photo;
Tommy Vercher, Todd Niette, Jeff
Rachal, Mike Smith and Bruce
Primm, top right photo; Lawson
Keppinger, Matt Loudanseager,
Ashley Pettigrew, John Flynn and
David Flynn, lower lett, and Harrie
Garcie, Coke Guy, Super Joe
Beasley, Noble Chambers and Big
Cat Chambers, bottom right photo.
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Jennifer Anderson (1991), Lon
(1994, 1996) Trahan and Michael
Trahan joined other Louisiana
natives at the Atlanta crawfish boil.
Alumni from NSU, Louisiana Tech,
Centenary, UNO, ULM, McNeese
and Nichols enjoyed the event.
John Espinosa (1996)
attended the Atlanta
crawfish boil with his
family, John, Joshua and
Jasmine, Not shown is
Karina Espinosa. The
crawfish boil was held at
Duluth Festival Center in
Dan f\/ledlin (1988) and his family,
Lisa, fvlatthew and Natalie, above,
attended the Austin crawfish boil, as
did Rhonda (1987) and David
Stacey Lourdain (1993), Cholonda Holmes (1993), Regina
Shaw (1993), Gail Prevot, Louis Prevot, Derrick Lang, Michelle
Young (2000), Angela Minor, and Carlo Minor (1983) enjoyed
a Cajun crawfish boil at the Dallas/Fort Worth gathering.
Sally Barden (1978), Roy Bridges. Judy Bridges (1971), Jim
Randolph (1966, 1971), Todd Simmons (1990). and Rona
Simmons were also present for the Dallas event.
Buddy Bonnette Golf Tournament
Top teams in the Buddy Bonnette Golf Tournament were, from left, Andrei Vige, Blake Fowler, Jennifer (1991) and Keenan
Kelly (1990); John Nagle, Tammy Trichel, Francis Delony and Jack Brittain (1979), and Doug Ireland (1986), Bill Dickens.
Alex Cook and Bob Austin.
To view more photos IVoiii eaeli gathering, please visit www.northwesternalumni.eom .
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WHy I Love [NSV
Natchitoches - NSU- 1966
I remember the honeysuckle scented nights
the warm humid winds tangling my hair
the hugh yellow moon reflecting golden balls in the still river.
I remember the clatter of cars on ageless cobblestone streets
the whistle of trains and factones
the five-o-clock chimes ringing in the dinner hour
I remember the warm sun on my face
the cool lake lapping at my toes
the taste of ripe strawberries snatches from forbidden fields.
I remember the joys, the expectations, the ambitions, the sorrows,
the disappointments, the peace and contentment.
Moments intense and so fleeting which will not come again to me
They are your gifts to each generation that passes your way
and leaves a part of their heart among the niched
cobblestones and red clay bluffs.
This is why I love NSU and Natchitoches. The college and
the town changed my life and gave me a future. I met my
husband on the beautiful campus and we grew to love the
area. We visit as often as we can.
-- Kathryn Bergeron Mammons, 1966-69
Inductees to the 2009 Graduate
N Club Hall of Fame announced
Five of Northwestern 's finest athletic figures, headhned by Super
Bowl starter and track Ail-American Al Edwards, will be enshrined in
the Graduate N Club Hall of Fame during morning ceremonies at the
Magale Recital Hall on Saturday. Oct. 24 during Homecoming
Also to be enshrined are baseball and football standout Steve Graf,
football Ail-American Warren Griffith, Softball great Kellie Shotwell
and golf Ail-American Robert Konsdorf
Edwards, a star receiver for the Demons from 1 986-89. started for
Buffalo as a receiver in Super Bowl XXV and also played in Super
Bowl XXVI as a kick returner and receiver. He was an All-America
sprinter for coach Leon Johnson's Demons on the 1987 4x100 meter
relay team that finished eighth nationally.
Griffith was an All-America center as a senior in 1980 as the
Demons set 33 school offensive records, including an average of 421
yards per game. He and Edwards were both named to the Top 100
Demon Players of Ail-Time roster for the centennial celebration of the
sport at NSU in 2007.
Graf was an outfielder for the Demons from 1980-83 who
advanced to the Class AA level in the Montreal Expos system. He also
played safety for the NSU football team from 1981-82 and later was a
graduate assistant coach on Sam Goodwin's football staff.
Shotwell still holds the Lady Demon softball career record for
pitching victories (62) from 1986-89. She had a 1.41 career earned run
average, which ranks third all-time, and threw 1 9 shutouts, tied for
second all-time, for coach Rickey McCalister.
Konsdorf finished in the top 10 at the 1974 NAIA Golf
Championships during his career with the Demons playing for coach
For more information, check the www.nsudemons.com website.
Intaglio print finds its way back to Northwestern
J piece of artwork created in the
/I early 20th century in Natchitoches
-Z A found its way back to
Don Sepulvado, director of
Informational Services and the NSU
Press, discovered the intaglio print while
visiting St. Francisville earlier this year
and, recognizing a Natchitoches scene,
purchased the piece and began a search
for the artist. Sepulvado identified him
as Dr. Leonard Kimbrell, a 1942 graduate
of Louisiana Normal College, who is now
86 and living in Portland, Ore.
"It seems that he was a contemporary
of Orville Hanchey and together they
would visit Melrose, where Mrs. Cammie
Henry allowed them to draw," Sepulvado
said. "According to Dr. Kimbrell, the
print in question was the first effort at
intaglio printing on the art department's
new print press," Sepulvado said. "He
printed several Natchitoches scenes, of
which he still has about five in his
possession, including the print 1
purchased in St. Francisville."
Intaglio is a type of printmaking in
which an image is incised onto a surface,
covered with ink and the excess ink is
removed, leaving ink only in the incisions.
A damp piece of paper is then placed on
top and the plate and paper run through a
printing press that, under pressure,
transfers the ink to the paper. The print
Sepulvado discovered depicts the Bishop
Martin Museum and the comer of Trinity
Episcopal Church at the comer of Second
and Trudeau streets in the Natchitoches
Kimbrell holds professor emeritus
status at Portland State University, where
he taught art history and eventually
became department head. He has given
his art history collection of more than 800
volumes on painting, sculpture and
architecture and various periods of art
history to the PSU Millar Library.
Kimbrell, who taught at PSU from 1961-
87, founded the university's art history
program. While at PSU, Kimbrell was
responsible for building up the art
department's slide library and introducing
courses in all periods of Western history,
as well as Asian, African and Native
American art, which he initially taught by
himself He hired most of today's art
history faculty and many other faculty
members as chair of the art department.
His teaching covered world art, but he
maintained a special interest and
expertise on Northwest art and artists.
Kimbrel last exhibited work on the PSU
campus in 2001.
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Jim Henderson (1994) was
chosen as chancellor of Bossier
Pansh Community College in May. A
Shreveport native, he was among
four candidates chosen following a
nation-wide search, leaving his
previous position as senior vice
president of Career and Technical
Education for the Louisiana
Community and Technical College
Henderson joined the
Louisiana Community & Technical
College System in 2005 as senior
vice president for Workforce and
Economic Development, where he
was responsible for shaping the
purpose and direction of the
system's work force development
efforts. He provided strategic focus
for the customized training and
corporate services of the system's
seven community colleges, two
technical community colleges and
the statewide Louisiana Technical
College (38 campuses).
In 2006. his responsibilities
increased to include operational
oversight of the restructured
Louisiana Technical College. In
2007, he assumed responsibility for
the administration of the Carl
Perkins Vocational and Technical
Education Program, integrating
workforce training and technical
education within LCTCS.
Billy John Burns (1954,
1958) of Bossier City has published
an autobiography entitled "One Last
Stroll Down Memory Lane." Burns
presented a copy to NSU President
Or Randall J Webb dunng the 50+
Luncheon in May, which he attended
with his wife, Judith Conell Burns.
Burns earned bachelor's and
master's degrees at NSU and
completed Plus 30 in 1969 He
taught and coached at Anacoco
High School for 31 years, then
moved to Calvary Baptist Academy in
Shreveport, where he taught and
served as pnncipal until retirement in
Three public school teachers
with ties to Northwestern were
named LaSalle Pansh Teachers of
Christina Taylor is a
kindergarten teacher at Jena
Elementary, a position she has held
since December 2006. She earned
her BS in early childhood education
at NSU in 2006. She received her
AS in general studies from the
University of Louisiana at Monroe
with a major in social sciences and
minors in business and applied
sciences in 1997
Betsy Warricl< teaches family
and consumer sciences to high
school students at Jena High
School, a position she has held the
last three years. She has a total of
eight years expenence in teaching.
She earned a bachelor's degree at
NSU and completed the graduate
program in 2006.
Casie Pendas. who teaches
math and science to seventh and
eighth grade students at LaSalle
Junior High, was also honored She
graduated from Louisiana State
University in 2003 with a bachelor's
in elementary education. She
attended LSU-Alexandria, Louisiana
College and NSU between 1996 and
The National Institute for
Technology and Liberal Education
(NITLE) established by the Mellon
Foundation will be located at
Southwestern University where Jim
Hunt (1980, 1987) is provost and
dean of faculty. Southwestern is a
liberal university near Austin, Texas.
NITLE is designed to encourage
expenmentation and adoption of
new uses in technology in scholarly
publishing and academe in general.
It involves about 130 colleges and is
spinning off to become its own
organization and moving to
Hunt holds a master's in
education and Ed.D. from
Northwestern and is well-known as a
teacher in Natchitoches Parish
Dr. Woodrow Hood (1988)
was named dean of the Shuford
School of Performing Arts (music
and theatre) at Catawba College
Hood joined the Catawba College in
faculty in 2002 as an associate
professor of theater arts and chair of
that department He was granted
tenure in 2004. He earned his
bachelor's degree from NSU, a
master's degree from Louisiana
Tech University and a doctor of
philosophy degree from University of
Missoun-Columbia. Pnor to joining
the Catawba faculty, he was an
assistant professor and head of
theater arts at High Point University
He has also taught at Wake Forest
University and Pfeiffer University
Catawba College in Salisbury.
N.C.. is a pnvate. coeducational
liberal arts college established in
1851, affiliated with the United
Church of Chnst.
Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte
law firm partner Grady Beard
(1983) was named to the 2010
edition of Best Lawyers, the oldest
and most respected peer-review
publication in the legal profession.
Beard was recognized for his
practice area, compensation \a\N.
Earlier this year Beard was
invited to join Larson's National
Workers' Compensation Advisory
Board as one of two representatives
from South Carolina Larson's is the
leading national authonty on
workers' compensation law As an
advisor, Grady will appnse the
national board on workers'
compensation happenings in South
Carolina, as well as consult on
notable people in workers'
In addition. Grady has been
appointed as vice chair of the
Workers' Compensation Law
Committee of the South Carolina
Defense Tnal Attorney's Association,
whose mission is to promote justice,
professionalism and integnty in the
civil justice system by bnnging
together attorneys dedicated to the
defense of civil actions.
"These recognitions are well-
deserved." said Cal Watson, Sowell
Gray Stepp & Laffitte managing
partner. "Grady is very effective, and
his extensive expenence in worker's
compensation is highly valued by his
many clients. We are very proud of
Grady's many accomplishments."
Located m Columbia's historic
Vista distnct. Sowell Gray Stepp &
Laffitte provides business and
litigation representation in all state
and federal tnal and appellate
courts. Founded in 1996. the firm
serves clients ranging from multi-
national corporations to small
Ellis (1960) and Juanita
Martinez (1958, 1960) Coutee
celebrated their 50th wedding
anniversary June 5 with a mass and
blessing and a celebration dinner in
Baton Rouge Attending were the
couple's children and their spouses,
grandchildren The couple were
married June 5, 1959 at St. Joseph's
Catholic Church in Zwolle.
Matt Barton (2001). a
professor at St Cloud State
University in St Cloud, Minn.,
created a feature-length
documentary about the history of
video games to be released in 2010.
The movie is entitled "Woof The
Videogame Revolution." The movie
was inspired a book. "Vintage
Games." he coauthored earlier this
year that explores the history of
influential video games Barton is
also author of "Dungeons and
Desktops." a history of computer
role-playing games Barton's focus
on the history of video games is
about their impact on society and
demystifies suspicions about games
An article in the July-August
edition of Seattle Homes and
Lifestyles magazine featured the
Southern hospitality of Bill Bailey
Carter (1973) and his partner Jamie
Martin entertaining with stylish
Southern flair The In Good Taste
feature descnbed the Louisiana-style
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supper and the gracious hospitality in
which it was served, as well as links
to recipes. To view the story, go to
John D. Ray (1993) was
recently appointed by the Attorney
General of Louisiana as Section
Chief of the Workers' Compensation
Section, Litigation Division of the
Louisiana Department of Justice. He
previously served as an Assistant
Attorney General and was formerly
with the New Orleans firm of
Johnson, Johnson, Barhos &
Bill Muse (1960) has
published a book, "The Seventh
Muse," a memoir of his experiences
growing up in Mississippi and
Louisiana as the seventh son of a
minister and of his career in higher
education that led to the presidency
or chancellorship of three
After his studies at
Northwestern in 1956-60, Muse
received a Ph.D. from the University
of Arkansas and, subsequently,
became president of the University
of Akron and of Auburn University
and Chancellor of East Carolina
University. He was inducted in
NSU's Long Purple Line in 1994.
The book includes a chapter
on his years at Northwestern.
Copies can be ordered from the
publisher online at iuniverse.com or
by phone at 1-800-288-4677 or
through major bookstores.
Corwin Robinson has been
tapped to fill the open assistant
principal slot at Clarksville High,
Clarksville, Tenn. Robinson has
worked in Nashville metro schools
as disthct discipline coordinator
since 2005. He earned his master's
in education from Northwestern,
additional certifications in
educational leadership and in
special education from the University
of New Orleans. In December, he
expects to receive his doctorate in
education administration from
Robinson also spent years in
the New Orleans public schools in
several administrative capacities to
include: assistant principal,
interventionist, and a special
Derrick LeBlanc (1997) was
named the assistant and strength
and conditioning coordinator at
Louisiana State University after
serving a two-year stint as the
defensive line coach at Missouri
State. LeBlanc received his master's
degree from LSU in 2002. A four-
year football player at Northwestern
State as a two-way lineman, he
spent three seasons at Breaux
Bndge High School as an assistant
coach, working with the offensive
and defensive lines. After his year
as a graduate assistant at LSU,
LeBlanc moved to Henderson (Ark.)
State University, where he coached
the defensive line coach from 2001
to 2004. LeBlanc was defensive line
coach in 2005 at Arkansas Tech
LeBlanc and his wife, Niema,
have one son, Dayton.
R. Derel< Anderson joined
the Falls Village Golf Club of
Durham, N.C. as head golf
professional. With more than 28
years of expehence in the golf
industry, Anderson began his career
at East Ridge Country Club in
Shreveport, where he served as an
assistant golf professional. Prior to
joining Falls Village Golf Club, he
was an assistant golf professional at
Wake Forest Country Club in Wake
Forest, N.C. and the head
Professional Golfers' Association of
Amehca (PGA) golf professional at
Cheviot Hills Golf Club in Raleigh,
N.C. A PGA member since 1988,
Anderson earned a degree in
business administration with a
concentration in management from
Northwestern. He resides in Wake
Forest, N.C. with his wife.
Justin Wolfe (2004) was
signed by the Barnes Rodeo
Company to perform at the Gerry,
N.Y., Fire Department's 65th annual
PRCA rodeo in August.
The bullfighters' major job is to
protect the cowboys when they are
thrown from the bulls while at the
same time providing entertainment
for the fans.
Wolfe, a Baton Rouge native,
had a full track scholarship at NSU,
running the 100 meters and the
1 ,600 relay. He got his start in rodeo
when he began riding bulls at age
15. From there he gradually moved
from hding bulls to his job today of
protecting the riders. He says his
track speed helps a lot in staying out
of the bulls' reach. This was his
second trip to Gerry as he
performed here in 2007.
Karen McCollister of
McKinney, Texas, was selected to
attend the 2009 Michelson
ExxonMobil Teachers Academy at
the Liberty Science Center in Jersey
City, N.J., in July The Mickelson
ExxonMobile Teachers Academy
provides elementary teachers tools
to enhance curhcula, an opportunity
to network with other educators and
discover innovative ways to teach
math and science to students.
Dr. Ronald Byrd (1954,
1960), currently a part-time on-line
instructor with Southern Arkansas
University, is prepahng a manuschpt
on Jose Marti and Abraham Lincoln
that will be presented this fall at the
LSUS American Studies Presidential
"I've had a long, full career and
find that I am fortunate to still have
my health, energy and work ethic,"
Byrd said. "I'm appreciative of the
start that Northwestern gave me and
continue to be interested in NSU as
a dynamic institution." Byrd, who
spent his career as a professor of
science, enjoys reading, hiking the
mountains, exploring and competing
in senior games.
NSU President Dr. Randall J.
Webb awarded an Nth Degree to
former State Budget Director
Ralph Perlman at a meeting of the
Board of Supervisors for the
University of Louisiana System.
Perlman served four Louisiana
governors. He was state budget
director from 1967 until 1988. As
director his accomplishments
included the development of the
Office of State Group Insurance and
overseeing the state's $5 million
investment in the 1984 World's Fair
held in New Orleans.
"Mr. Perlman's service to the
state of Louisiana over the years
has been extraordinary. He has
served four governors in positions of
authority over budgetary, financial,
and fiscal affairs, which positioned
him to work with key personnel at
Northwestern duhng this period,"
In 2002. he was named special
assistant to the president of the
University of Louisiana System. In
that role, he works with the UL
System Board and staff on
strategies to increase efficiency
within the system.
NSU wants to hear from you!
Watch your email! As part of its assessment
and improvement program, tiie Office of
University Planning and Assessment at NSU will
conduct an online survey of recent graduates.
We look foHA/ard to your participation and
receiving your response. For more information,
please contact Ron! Biscoe at (318) 357-6359
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Former state representative establishes scholarship for FACS
Mansfield has made a
donation from unused
campaign funds to the NSU
Foundation to establish a
scholarship. Bruce, a 1956
graduate of NSU's
Department of Family and
Consumer Sciences, formerly
Home Hconomics, and
department faculty have set
criteria for the award which
will be called the Rep.
Beverly Bruce Leadership
Students eligible for the
scholarship will be juniors
and seniors majoring in
Family and Consumer
Sciences who have excelled
in the classroom and who
exhibit the qualities of
scholarship, leadership and
stronti character set forth bv
former Rep. Bruce, according
to Dr. Patricia Pierson. head
of the Department of Family
and Consumer Sciences.
"We are extremely
grateful to Representative
Bruce for wanting to establish
a scholarship for students
pursuing degrees in Family
and Consumer Sciences.
Obviously she feels the
\aluable things she learned as
an undergraduate assisted her
in the development of
professional and leadership
skills and she, in turn, wanted
to help future students have
that same opportunity,"
Ai'Xcr graduating from
Northwestern, Bruce taught
home economics at Campti
High School and Greenwood
High School for six years and
served as a home economist
agent for LSU Cooperative
Extension Service for 23
years. She served as state
Beverly Bruce and Dr. Patricia Pierson. head of the
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.
representative for Caddo and
DeSoto Parishes for 12 years.
Bruce received a degree
in home economics education
from Northwestern in 1956
and a masters degree in child
dexelopment and family
relations in 1964. She also
did post-graduate work at
Louisiana State University.
Bruce has ser\ed in the
Louisiana House of
Representatives for over 1 2
\ears and was re-elected in
1 999 and 200.^ to her second
and third terms without
opposition. Prior to her
election in 1995, she served
as teacher of home economics
in the public school system
for nine \ears and as a home
economist with the LSU
and Extension Ser\ ice for 23
years. She retired from her
DeSoto Parish Extension
position in 1996 to devote
full-time service in the House
Natchitoches Lions Club scholarship will benefit local students
The Natchitoches Lions Club
showed their support of Natchitoches
youth by presenting the Northwestern
State University Foundation with a
SI 0,000 check to establish the
Natchitoches Lions Club Endowed
"Natchitoches' youth deserve the
support of local civic organizations, and
Northwestern State has provided
educational opportunities and
professional preparation to this area for
125 years," said Michele Waskom,
Natchitoches Lions president. "It's only
fitting that the Natchitoches Lions Club
establish a scholarship that, now and
forever, will assist a local student in
obtaining a college education at this
great institution of higher learning."
In addition to the scholarship, the
club conducts a variety of projects and
events, including volunteerism for the
Natchitoches Christmas Festival, with
the Lions E:ye Foundation, and the Lions
The Natchitoches Lion's Club has created a SI, 000 scholarship to be awarded to a
Natchitoches Parish student entering Northwestern State University. From left are
Lion Raymond Gilbert, scholarship committee member: Dr. William Broussard, third
vice president and scholarship committee chair; Lions President Michele Waskom,
NSU President Dr. Randall J. Webb. NSU Director of Alumni and Development Drake
Owens and Lion Will Taylor, treasurer.
( hildrens Camp. Lions Clubs
International is the world s largest
service club organi/alion with nearly 1.3
million members in approximately
45.000 clubs in 202 countries and
geographical areas around the world.
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obody watches a Demon football game more passionately than the
families of the players. Perhaps no football parents in school history have
watched the Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band's halftime
performances more intently than James (1979) and Nancy (1980) Perry, James
was a member of the NSU band during his undergraduate days from 1975-79.
Their sons, Justin (2009) and Kevin, were Demon teammates the past three
years. But before the brothers Perry were playing football, they were coming to
Turpin Stadium with their parents, both NSU alumni, to enjoy Demon football
games - and watch the band. In addition to playing in the band, James also ran
track in the 100 and 200 meter dashes for the Demons from 1975-77. He met
Nancy, an Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority member in the spring of 1978. She was a
resident assistant in Sabine Dormitory and became a member of Purple Jackets.
She earned an associate's degree in business. Now they've seen their oldest
son earn his NSU degree and they had the unique thrill of watching both of their
boys score touchdowns in the same game last year. Justin ran back the opening
Justin, James, Nancy and Kevin Perry kickoff 95 yards and Kevin returned a blocked punt 17 yards as the Demons
outclassed Southwestern Oklahoma 63-12. Having the shared experience of sons being teammates at their alma mater has been a rich
expenence, they said, but watching Justin receive his diploma in May was an emotional event. "We felt very grateful and honored,"
Nancy said. James works as supervisor of terminal and pipeline accounting for Citgo. He also has been a high school football official for
10 years, providing him another unique perspective as he watches Demon games. "I am watching the game, but I watch the officials,
too. I can see techniques and procedures they use and it helps me improve," he said. "But yes, I get upset at calls I don't like. But now, I
just hang my head instead of hollehng about it." Considering his sons, he's usually able to poke out his chest and beam with pride.
Record breaking year for NSU Athletics, Demon Victory Fund
In 2008-09. the Athletic Association membership broke
almost all of the previous years records and established a new
benchmark for fundraising by the Board of Directors.
According to Associate Director of Athletics Dr. William
Broussard, the membership established records in the several
areas, including: total funding secured, up over 10 percent
from 2007-08; Demon Victory Fund total funding, up over 10
percent from 2007-08; total cash contributions to the NSU
Athletic Association; total Athletic Association membership;
total Select 100 (donors over SI. 000) membership; total gifts
in kind, up over 12 percent from 2007-08; total licensing
royalties; and Board of Directors fundraising.
Director of Athletics Greg Burke said the significant
increases in all areas are the result of increased donor
education regarding contribution options, increased public
relations efforts, and a concerted effort among faithful
contributors to maintain the NSU Athletic Department s
continued excellence in athletics, academics, and community
"Athletic Association members gave through personal
donations and through their businesses at levels that are
unprecedented in the history of NSU Athletics. That they
have done so in a time where the global economy has
undergone such turmoil and the university's budget has been
reduced so substantially is absolutely crucial to the continued
growth of the department. With this funding, we are able to
provide a first-class NCAA Division I experience to Demon
and Lady Demon student-athletes, to the faculty, staff,
students, and alumni of NSU. and to the City of Natchitoches,"
Broussard was particularly grateful to members of the
Athletic Association Board of Directors, who were challenged
at the beginning of the year to help raise over SI 00,000 in
support for the Association. In total, the Board of Directors,
comprised of 21 volunteers, led by President Donald Horton
(Coushatta). who assist with fundraising efforts and recruit
new members, attained $186,300 in cash contributions,
pledges to the endowed scholarship fund and corporate
Broussard and director of marketing and promotions Ryan
HoUoway collaborated to develop an approach to annual
fundraising that highlighted key areas of development, starting
the DVF annual fund drive in May. VIP Football ticket sales in
the summer. October DVF membership drive to coincide with
Courtside Basketball sales, and corporate sponsorship renewal
and recruitment in the late spring.
"The etTect of the rebranding campaign/logo redesign and
new website were tremendous in informing current and
potential supporters about events that interested them and also
in showing appreciation to them for their contributions." said
"On behalf of the NSU Athletic Association and its Board
of Directors. I'd like to thank every Athletic Association
member for their support of NSU Athletics. I constantly
opine about how generous the people of the City of
Natchitoches and NSU's alumni are. and these new records are
hard evidence of that testament." said Broussard.
For more information about making a contribution to the
NSU Athletic Association or Demon Victory Fund, please
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Alumni Columns Fall 2009 / 13
Eula Bess Durham
Mitchell IS a retired
teacher and lives in
Guedry is retired and
lives in Moreauville.
Laverne B. Brown
Jackson is retired and
lives in Jonesville.
Leonard Buell Kimbrell
is a professor at
University, married and
lives in Portland. Ore.
Owens IS retired and
lives in Bossier City.
Willie Edna Tarbutton
is a retired teacher and
lives in West Monroe.
Mamie Hanna Sterkx is
retired and lives in
Johnnie Mae Campbell
Palmer is a retired
teacher, marned to
Edward C Palmer
('49) and lives in
Betty Joe Davis Bruce
is a retired social
worker and lives in
Jerry E Wise is the
owner and publisher of
the Cameron Pansh
Pilot and DeQuincy
News. He is married
and lives in DeQuincy
Lawrence H Davis is
employed by NSU
Shreveport campus as
a math professor,
married to Clarice
Mane Tilleux Davis
('53) and lives in
Clarice Marie Tilleux
Davis is retired,
marned and lives in
W. F. Whitford is
retired, marned to
Frankie B. Whitford
('58) and lives in Baton
Bozeman Griffith is a
retired teacher and
lives in Belmont.
E. Theron Overland is
self employed and
lives in Zachary.
Hoffstadt Hammons is
a retired teacher,
marned and lives in
Martha Elaine Cotton
Avegno is retired and
lives in Baton Rouge.
Ragan Daniel Gantt is
the owner of Ragan
Gantt & Associates,
CPAs, marned and
lives in Miami, Fla
Jerry Robbins is
retired, marned and
lives in Tampa, Fla.
Wallace Cherwa is a
retired teacher, married
and lives in Virginia
Harold Dwayne Fuqua
is retired, marned and
lives in Orange, Texas.
Donald M Mayeaux is
an engineer staff
specialist at Lockheed
Martin Aeronautics Co,
married and lives in
Thomas R. Nolde is
employed by Gene
KouryAuto Sales &
Finance as the head of
and lives in Leesville.
George C. Thompson
retired, marned to
Mary D. Thompson
('52) and lives in
Joan Tallent is a
registered nurse and
lives in Jacksonville,
Helen Virginia Creed
Deville is the director
of student services at
married to Billy Michael
Deville ('79) and lives
Mamie Dell Small Bush
is a guidance
School, marned and
lives in Shreveport.
Boudreau is a lead
teacher and mentor at
Vista Health, marned
and lives in
Linda Mane Voss
Savell is employed by
Bossier Pansh School
Board as an assistant
pnncipal, married and
lives in Shreveport.
Robinson is employed
by East Texas Baptist
University and Wiley
College marned to
Wanda Robinson ('77)
and lives in Marshall,
Dana R. English is a
child welfare specialist
IV supervisor and lives
Glinda M. Doucet is a
retired teacher and
lives in Bunkie.
Royce Ann G. Dillard is
Trust Bank, marned
and lives in Simsboro.
Melanie Ann Lea Birck
is an assistant
professor at Bossier
College and lives in
Anthony Jones is a
fourth grade teacher at
School, marned and
lives in Natchitoches.
Debra Ann Monette
LaCour is a staff
nurse, married and
lives in Natchitoches.
Rev Thomas H
Worsham IV is the
minister to students at
First Baptist Church-
Minden and lives in
Savoy George is the
faculty coordinator at
Orleans, marned and
lives in River Ridge.
Matthews is employed
Pnmenca. marned and
lives in Laplace.
Harlan A. Diggs is a
staff nurse at
Medical Center and
lives in Vero Beach,
Mark Joseph Ferguson
is a graduate, teaching
assistant. PhD student
at the University of
Alabama, mamed and
lives in Tuscaloosa,
Kylie D Amato is the
Support at Flonda
State University and
lives in Tallahassee.
Lori Miller VanRoeyen
IS a dental hygiene
student at LSU Health
Sciences, marned and
lives in New Orleans
Sarah Jessica Rhodes
Smith is an actor,
singer and lives in Las
Jason Douglas Hilton
is a fire marker at
Inc . marned and lives
Patterson Sawyer is an
at B Blakeney and
and lives in Leesville
Tangela Smith Maxwell
is a substance abuse
facilitator at Winn
mamed and lives in
Robert R Manshack is
a registered nurse at
Willis Knighton Medical
Center and lives in
Melissa Kay Stout
Clark IS a substitute
teacher for Beauregard
Pansh School Board
and lives in Singer.
Ashley Danielle Briley
is employed by
Manpower as a
manager and lives in
Hattie "Tammy" Procell
Self IS a registered
nurse, mamed and
lives in Shreveport.
1939 -Mane Cole
1939 - Bill F. Hamilton,
Ruston, March 29,
1940 -Angie Ballard
Skelton Henson. June
30, 2009, Baton Rouge
Dennis, May 19,2009,
Crews. July 2009,
1950 -Colonel Horace
A Corley, June 9,
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1950 - Buford James Bruce,
May 15. 2009
1951 -Melvin Hershal Shaw,
July 16, 2009. Grand Lake
1951 - Eleanor Claire McGee
1953 -Virginia Yvonne
Jenkins Phillips, January, 22,
1954- Hazel Ramsey
Canedo, New Orleans,
January 27, 2009
1955 - Fleming A. Thomas,
Natchitoches, Aug. 8, 2009
1959- Howard R. French.
Bossier City, Apnl 30. 2009
1967 - Bobby D. Land,
Montgomery, LA, May 28,
1975 -John Randall
Brossette, Apnl 2008
1975 - Roger D. Jennings,
April 28, 2009
1977 -Billy David Rowell,
June 5, 2009, Goldonna
1979 -Curtis John Cantrell
Jr., July 27, 2009. Temple,
1985, 1986 -Sharon E.
Sampite. July 5, 2009,
1986 - James Kenneth Hart,
May 12, 2009, Missouri
1990- Linda Aymond
Roberts, July 28, 2009, Kolin
1991 - Sally Metcalf Borders.
June 18, 2009, Memphis,
1995 -Gregory William Bates
C. Emery Williams. M.D.. June
29. 2009.Asheville. N.C.
Betty C. Walmsley. November
John Edgar, October 6, 2008
After 20 years of
research and seven trips
to Liverpool. England
to conduct interviews. Judy Southerland
Kessler (1974) has published a historical novel
on the life of Beatle, singer/composer John
Lennon. The 800-page book. Shoulda Been
There, traces Lennon 's life from his birth in
1940 through the formation of The Beatles,
their early tours of Scotland and Hamburg.
Germany, and their discovery by manager
Brian Epstein in 1961. The first of a five-
book series, Shoulda Been there gives readers
the experience of actually witnessing Lennon s
tragic childhood, devastating teen years and
emergence of a resolute young man
determined to show the world his value.
"This book is not just for Beatles fans,"
Kessler explained, 'it is the story of a lost
little boy and an angry teen whose family
experiences left him scarred for life. It's the
story of how important parents are in the life
of a child."
Kessler is the daughter of Dr. Tom Paul
and Maxine Southerland, who were extremely
supportive of her work as an author. Dr.
Southerland, an innovative educator and
former vice president of Academic Affairs at
NSU. encouraged Kessler to write from a \ery
"He collected my first novellas and
poems. When I was only 13, my parents
published my childhood poetry into a volume
called 'Memories fi-om Grade School Years,"'
she said. "They made be believe that I was
destined to be a writer."
Kessler's mother, a home economics
educator at NSU and later the director for the
Center for the History of Education at NSU,
imparted her love of books and history to
"My mother read to me constantly as a
child and helped me study for my exams at
NSU. Having two educators as parents gave
me the tenacity that made a 20-year research,
writing and editing project possible," she said.
Kessler received two undergraduate degrees
at NSU in history and English education.
"I couldn't decide which avenue I wanted
to pursue so I did both. I wolfed down 177
credit hours in three years. Insane! But the
education that I received at NSU was just
amazing. When 1 went to the University of
Maryland in 1974 to work on my master's
degree, my fellow classmates and I were
quizzed about which of us had read the
'Second Shepherd's Play' or the entire works
of Spenser. Thanks to NSU's English
department I was the only one who had."
Kessler's preparation for writing a
footnoted, documented historical novel has
paid off in spades, she said. The first edition
sold out in eight months and a revised edition
was printed. The second book includes more
non-fiction documentation at the end of each
chapter and a free one-hour interview CD with
Allan Williams, the Beatles' first manager.
Kessler has appeared as guest author at
the 35th annual Pest for Beatles Fans in New
York and at conventions in Chicago, Las Vega
and New Jersey and had speaking
engagements and book signings in
The sequel to "Shoulda Been There" will
be out in October 2010. Entitled "Shivering
Inside." the new work will take John and The
Beatles from December 1 96 1 through the birth
of Beatlemania around the world and to the
stage of the Ed Sullivan Show.
"Shoulda Been There" features not only
the novel but an encyclopedia of Beatle-related
people with biographies of each, a Scouse
(Liverpudlian) glossary, an appendix of rare
Beatle documents, photos of Liverpool from
Kessler's trips and the interview CD. It is
available for purchase at ontherocksbooks.com
"Although I've been blessed to address
conventions across the United States, nothing
is more fulfilling to me than coming home to
NSU and Natchitoches to share my life's work.
I had my very first book signing at The Book
Merchant and it was perfect. The people of
Natchitoches taught me to work hard, write
well and uphold the reputation of Harling,
Saxon. Mignon and Hunter, great artists from
Natchitoches who have gone before me."
Alumni Columns Fall 2009 / 15
Northwestern marked its Diamond Jubilee, a celebration of 75 years, in 1959 with a look back at the school's history
and accomplishments since its founding in 1884. Linking the past to the present in Northwestern's Diamond Jubilee
Year were, from left. Miss Eve Mouton, Mrs. Ora Watson and Mrs. John Kyser, pictured in the costume of yesterday.
Dressed in accord with contemporary fashion were Jo Ann Joffrion, Miss Potpourri; Mary Ferguson, Miss Northwestern
State College, and Virginia Atkinson, 2nd place beauty.
Spirits were high at Northwestern's 101st Homecoming in
1985. Even a live television broadcast of NSU's 45-21 loss to
Northeast couldn't dampen the spirits of the 11,000 students,
friends and alumni who attended the Saturday night football
game. Can you name the lovelies who reigned over NSU's
Homecoming court? The first five readers to call the Alumni
Office (318) 357-4414 will win a prize.
Congratulations to readers
who correctly identified members
of the 1995 debate team. They
were .lerenn Tuiton. Budd\ Hayes
and James Roland.
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